Some of the greatest memories of living in Illinois was watching movies outdoors during the summer months. There weren’t that many outdoor screenings in public areas like many other states, so it was truly a one-of-kind experience for us. If you’re serious about entertaining some guests at your home, then definitely make the investment of creating a patio/backyard movie screening setup…
So what do you need?
First let’s talk about landscaping. There are a ton of way to jerry-rig this screening setup together, but we really recommend getting it done professionally. Aside from the aesthetic appeal that can be had, one of the obvious reasons why people hire landscaping design companies for this job is due to the time and frustration it saves them. Top grade landscapers have state-of-the-art equipment that significantly reduce the time-frame it takes setting up your theater. If you live in Illinois (specifically Will County), then definitely check out the company we used. They are the best when it comes to any kind of luxury landscaping, and that’s what an outdoor theater really is. Isn’t it?
The Outdoor Projection Screen
First you’ll need an outdoor projection screen: You’ll want a screen with a frame easily unzips and inflates to ensure that you can manage the setup with one person, or you can get a hand-crafted permanently installed screen in your yard. You’ll want a white projection surface area that’s at least 16 x 9 feet
Now you’ll have to grab a projector. A 2200 lumen projector is about where you want to begin looking, but obviously that should be higher if you plan on watching when it’s lighter outside. You’re going to want a model that has built-in loudspeakers if you won’t want to spend money building out speakers into your garden. A good idea is to make sure it hooks up to a smartphone or tablet. This’ll make it easy to share movie content from various devices.
Your Garden Sound System
For some outdoor sound, the company Sonance, has some incredible outdoor solutions. Here’s the description of their landscape series:
Sonance Landscape Series is a totally scalable outdoor speaker system that delivers perfectly-even coverage and unbelievable sound quality throughout any sized space. Described by one critic as outdoor sound to “knock their socks off”, SLS provides jaw-dropping sonic performance from small satellite speakers and below-ground subwoofers that are hidden completely out of sight amongst plants and under foliage.
For high quality theatrical sound, you want speakers and a dedicated bass/subwoofer. You want that solid deep bass audio reproduction, something that’s wireless, and only needs a simple/quick setup. Most modern speaker systems allow you to control the devices with an app on a smartphone or tablet.
Now’s the time for popcorn and other treats. What you need is an outdoor refrigerator and popcorn maker (Now you can see why a pro landscaper would be great). If you have an outdoor grill area, this could be a great place to install these amenities.
There’s many ways to go about this. You should definitely consider an outdoor sofa and various standalone chairs. Comfort is of the utmost importance when you want to get lost in a movie, so make sure these are chosen carefully. There’s many choices, and all furniture deemed worthy of the outdoors is easily hosed off and cleaned.
Luxury Landscaping Examples
Luxury landscapers are no joke when it comes to outdoor theaters. It’s certainly a viable option to whip together your own screening area, and you want to impress your friends with that new film you made in your brand new movie business. Check out the results below from professionally done landscaping: